- (used as an exclamation, especially of warning): Nix, the cops!
- to veto; refuse to agree to; prohibit: to nix the project.
Origin of nix1
1780–90; < German: variant of nichts nothing
- (in Germanic folklore) a water spirit that draws its victims into its underwater home.
Origin of nix2
1825–35; < German Nix, Old High German nihhus; cognate with Old English nicor water monster, Old Norse nykr, Norwegian nøkk, Swedish näck; compare Sanskrit nenekti (he) washes
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Examples from the Web for nix
Nix a couple of soybean subsidies and we could have avoided war and just bought the damn country.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on SOTU, the Super Bowl and Nukes
P. J. O’Rourke
January 31, 2014
The Pollock-Krasner Authentication Board continued to nix Red, Black and Silver, until they disbanded in 1996.Red, Black, and Silver’ Just May Be Jackson Pollock’s Last Painting
January 18, 2014
But he did nix weekend hours, which still has some folks concerned.On "Contorting" the Voting Process
August 20, 2012
After nearly three hours of abuse, Ogborn was forced by the man on the phone to perform oral sex on Nix.
After that, Nix was permitted by the cop to leave and find someone to replace him.
I wanted the old gent to start me up in it, but he said, 'Nix come arouse.'Wayside Courtships
Also am second in altitude, but nix on the altitude again, I'm pretty poor at it.The Trail of the Hawk
I've had to drill the whole forenoon and have got nix to eat but a poor soup.In the Foreign Legion
With a triumphant air, the gold spectacles turned to our friend Nix.
Our friend Nix asked why Moses and the Jews were the best-bred people in the world?
- another word for no 1 (def. 1)
- be careful! watch out!
- a rejection or refusal
- nothing at all
- (tr) to veto, deny, reject, or forbid (plans, suggestions, etc)
C18: from German, colloquial form of nichts nothing
- German myth a male water sprite, usually unfriendly to humans
C19: from German Nixe nymph or water spirit, from Old High German nihhus; related to Old English nicor sea monster
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Word Origin and History for nix
"cancel, refuse, forbid," 1903, from nix (n.). Related: Nixed; nixing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper